Kenton Sinclair Kilmer

Kenton Sinclair Kilmer

Birth
Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Death 10 Feb 1995 (aged 85)
Vienna, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
Burial Falls Church, Falls Church City, Virginia, USA
Plot M-200-3
Memorial ID 151954322 · View Source
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Co-Founder of Green Hedges School, Vienna, Virginia

An obituary published in New Jersey, his state of birth, credits Green Hedges School with being the first interracial school in Virginia. He marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1963.

Green Hedges Newsletter, Winter 1994:
Kenton Kilmer, co-founder of Green Hedges School, died on February 10, 1995. He was eighty five. On February 13th a funeral mass was celebrated at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Vienna, which the Kilmer family was instrumental in founding. Mr. Kilmer is survived by his wife of 58 years, Frances, ten children, 36 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He died from complications of cancer.
Kenton Kilmer was the eldest of five children born to Aline and Joyce Kilmer, in New Jersey. His parents were both celebrated poets, and Joyce Kilmer became particularly famous for one of his early poems, Trees. Kenton attended Georgetown Prep, Georgetown and Catholic Universities and worked first for the Federal Housing Administration. He soon moved to the poetry office of the Library of Congress. In 1947 he was named poetry editor for the Washington Post, a position he held for seven years.
Kenton and Frances founded Green Hedges School in Arlington County in 1942, after searching in vain for an appropriate school for their own children.
The school moved to its present site in the Malcolm-Windover Heights neighborhood of Vienna, when enrollment outstripped the capacity of "Green Hedges," the family home. The Kilmers soon became active in community affairs. Out of a group called Friends of the Library grew Vienna's Patrick Henry Library, an integrated facility.
After retiring from the Library of Congress Mr. Kilmer wrote articles on children's literature. In the late 1980's he published a translation of Andre Chouraqui's A Man in Three Worlds. His insistence that his father be appropriately recognized led him to publish a book of memories about his father and lobby for a commemorative stamp in his father's honor.
Said GHS headmaster George Schumacher, "Kenton Kilmer was a great man, who will be remembered now and revered for the future. His approach to life and others, his interest in knowing everything there was to know, and his love of humankind are here for us to emulate."
In a Vienna Times obituary, published February 16, former GHS board president, former business manager, and director Jane Macauley remembered, "He was unique, and there was no one else like him." Said daughter Anne, "I think that we're probably the richest family in the world. Because of him, we learned to see."



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  • Created by: AlPol
  • Added: 6 Sep 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 151954322
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Kenton Sinclair Kilmer (21 Mar 1909–10 Feb 1995), Find A Grave Memorial no. 151954322, citing National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Falls Church City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by AlPol (contributor 48650464) .